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NAMM 2020: Roland’s RD-88 is a lightweight, more affordable stage piano that doesn’t scrimp on features

NAMM 2020: It’s all very well having a big chunky stage piano, but carrying it around can be back-breaking work, and flagship models tend to be on the expensive side. Enter Roland with the RD-88, a compact, lightweight stage piano that’s a bit more affordable than some of the competition.

That said, the RD-88 still manages to pack in an 88-note PHA-4 keyboard with a hammer action and Ivory Feel keys. This promises “exceptional” feel and response. There are built-in speakers, too, which may come in useful for practice and monitoring.

Inside you’ll find the expected assortment of SuperNATURAL acoustic and electric piano sounds - some of which are newly developed - and these are joined by additional acoustic and electronic tones. These include synth sounds that are powered by Roland’s latest sound engine.

Roland RD-88 stage piano

(Image credit: Roland)

The interface is designed to offer quick, easy access to the essential controls, so you shouldn’t have any problem selecting sound categories, creating splits/layers and adding in effects. Favourite sounds can be stored for quick recall, and the one-touch piano button takes you straight back to the core piano sound any time you want.

Roland also tells us that the RD-88 offers easy computer integration - apparently, it’s even possible to play your software sounds through the instrument via USB.

The RD-88 Stage Piano is all set to land in March priced at $1,199.99. Find out more on the Roland website.

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